In the latest draft of possible urban- and light-rail alignments, we generally see the same routes we’ve been looking at for the past year. Alas, it’s important to understand that rail will not simply be delivered, it will evolve over decades to serve more and more people. The Statesman has a nice graphic that shows the heart of the system being envisioned.
Indeed, I can begin to imagine using this system. I suspect many Central Austin commuters can too. But a lot of them been left out. Below are some of my notes.
Running rail from the Metro Station along Trinity, weaving between the Four Seasons and the new Waller Creek boat house, then across Lady Bird Lake on a bridge to-be-built.
Not a single stop is envisioned anywhere south of Barton Springs, or west of The Long Center. This excludes: 1) all of the density of South Congress and South Lamar. 2) all of the recreation of Barton Springs Pool and Zilker Park. These seem like obvious destinations for Austin’s citizens and visitors.
Rail is a symbol of getting to recreation without using your car, IMO.
It looks like they are finally contemplating putting rail on Guadalupe (near campus). Also, a rail corridor aligned on San Jacinto will complement the Waller Creek District Master Plan, and bolster the urban renewal development we want to see in the northeast quadrant of Downtown Austin.